Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

 

Scientists predict changing weather patterns and heavy rains and snow could become more frequent in winter and spring. The City of Chicago advises residents to be prepared and to take precautions for events that can occur anytime during the year. Preparedness is key to ensuring life safety and minimizing property loss during a severe weather event.

 

In the event of any emergency, the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency

Management and Communications (OEMC) coordinates efforts with local state and federal agencies to ensure the safety of all residents. In the event of a severe weather situation, the City will provide the public with important information, however, it is essential that residents be prepared for any situation.

 

Be Prepared:

  • Get a weather radio or download a mobile phone application to be instantly alerted to severe weather in your area.
  • In your home and/or workplace, designate a safe location for extreme weather, such as tornados. Hold drills to prepare family and co-workers for extreme weather events.
  • In your safe location, store an emergency kit. Your household emergency kit should include the necessary supplies to sustain you and your family in your home for at least 3 days. Remember that it may take a significant amount of time for basic services (water, electricity, and telephones) to return to normal.
    • Water: 1 gallon per person per day
    • Food: Ready-to-eat or just-add-water
    • Manual can opener
    • First Aid kit
    • Essential medications
    • Flashlight
    • Radio (battery-operated or manual)
    • Batteries
    • Cash in small denominations
    • A copy of important documents & phone numbers
    • Unscented liquid household bleach for water purification
    • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, and soap
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Heavy gloves
    • Warm clothes, a hat and rain gear
    • A local map
    • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
    • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
    • Large plastic bags for waste and sanitation
    • Special-need items for children, seniors, or people with disabilities.
    • Don't forget water and supplies for your pets.
  • In addition to your emergency kit, each family member should have a Go Bag, which has materials in case you need to leave your home. The Go Bag should include:
    • Bottled water
    • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-operated AM/FM Radio
    • Extra batteries (check the necessary types)
    • Pocketknife
    • Whistle
    • Prescription medication for a week, along with copies of your prescriptions
    • Small first aid kit
    • Extra house and car keys
    • A blanket
    • Raingear
    • A hat
    • Comfortable, sturdy shoes
    • Warm clothes
    • Extra pair of glasses and/or hearing aids
    • Toilet paper
    • Plastic garbage bags
    • Soap
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • A copy of your communications plan card
    • A regional map
    • Special needs items for members of your family, especially children, seniors or people with disabilities, and pets.
    • Paper, pens, and tape - in case you need to leave a message somewhere
    • Dust mask
    • Cash - preferably in small denominations
    • Coins for pay phones
    • Credit and Debit cards
    • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container (i.e. IDs, insurance information, proof of address, passports, etc.)
    • A recent family photo for identification purposes - make sure everyone's face can be seen clearly

 

After an Extreme Weather Event:

  • Use mass text messages to communicate with friends and family. A single text can reach dozens of people quicker than phone calls can.
  • Check on neighbors, especially elderly and young neighbors

 

Visit Alert Chicago to find additional information about preparing for, responding and recovering from extreme weather. 


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